By Sally Garcia, EnStarz | Jul 06, 2012 04:23 PM EDT
George Zimmerman, the man who murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been released from jail after posting a $1 million bond.
Zimmerman was released from the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida at about 2:50 p.m Friday with the help of donations to his legal defense fund, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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"He is very happy to be out. It's been a very sobering experience spending the last month in jail," Zimmerman attorney Don West told reporters just before 3 p.m., according to the paper.
He is expected to stay at a safe house that his legal team prepared for him.
Zimmerman is charged with the killing of the black unarmed teenager on February 26 in a case that has struck the nation.
Zimmerman alleges that Martin attacked him and he shot him in self-defense.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman chased Martin suspecting he was going to commit a crime, confrontated him and murdered him.
He was arrested on second-degree murder charges and could be jailed 25 years if he is found guilty.
Zimmerman had been released on a $150,000 bond in April but was sent back to prison in June because he misled the court about his finances and didn't give a valid passport.
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